PM Imran aims to restart Afghan peace talks

Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Wednesday that he would try to revive Afghanistan peace talks that recently broke down between the United States and Taliban.

“I assure you that we will use full force so that the dialogue proceeds further. It is unfortunate that these peace talks were suspended,” Imran said at a ceremony at the inauguration ceremony of the Torkham border crossing with Afghanistan.

“We will try our best to revive the Afghan peace process.”

US President Donald Trump abruptly cancelled secret talks with the Taliban at his Camp David retreat that were planned for September 8 and has since said the talks are “dead.”

PM Imran inaugurates Torkham border crossing for round-the-clock operations

Imran is scheduled to address the United Nations General Assembly this month.

He also said there was “no chance of talks” with India about its clampdown on occupied Kashmir until it lifted a curfew for people there.

The premier vowed to present this case at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) later this month.

“I promise no one has presented the Kashmir case the way I will at the UNGA,” he added.

Speaking about the Pak-Afghan border, the premier said that Pakistan – specifically Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa— will benefit immensely. He referred to the inauguration as a ‘historic day’, while noting that since the border become functional on September 2, there has been a 50 per cent improvement in trade.

With additional input from Reuters



The crossing has been opened round the clock on trial basis since September 2

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